Huawei Mate X: first look at a truly impressive foldable phone

Better than the Samsung Galaxy Fold? Maybe. More expensive? Definitely

The foldable 8-inch Huawei Mate X screen
The foldable 8-inch Huawei Mate X screen

The Huawei Mate X is shaping up to be the foldable phone that fixes our concerns over the yet-to-be-held Samsung Galaxy Fold, but expect to pay more for it.

We got to see Mate X smartphone and its folding Falcon Wing hinge in action, and although Huawei wasn’t ready to let us touch it, we know a lot of details. 

For one thing. it’ll be expensive. It cost €2,299 (about $2,605, £1,996, AU$4,769) with 512GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. It’s been in the works for three years, according to Huawei, and will launch in the UK via carrier EE this year.

It’s poised to be one of many foldable phones at MWC 2019. But from what we’ve seen so far, the Huawei Mate X holds a lot of promise, claiming to be ‘the world’s fastest foldable 5G phone.’ Here’s what we saw.

The foldable 8-inch Huawei Mate X screen

The Huawei Mate X folds out into a 8-inch Android tablet, with a 6.6-inch screen on one side and a 6.4-inch (technically 6.38-inch) screen on the other when folded up. Its screen size seems just right for what we’ve envision from the future of foldables. More

By Matt Swider